As mentioned earlier, cancer is fairly common. It affects about 39% of males, and 36% of females. The most common cancers are breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, colorectal, and prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer is the second most common cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 years in the US, after accidents. In 2018, an estimated 10,590 children in this age group will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,180 will die from it.
Cancer is more prevalent in African Americans and Hispanics, however, there are lot of factors that may contribute to this including weight, socioeconomic status, and access to quality insurance. Cancer is less prevalent among White Americans and Asian Americans. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) stated in 2018 that an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer were predicted to be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people would die from the disease.
The NCI also stated: As the overall cancer death rate has declined, the number of cancer survivors has increased. These trends show that progress is being made against the disease, but much work remains. Although rates of smoking, a major cause of cancer, have declined, the U.S. population is aging, and cancer rates increase with age. Obesity, another risk factor for cancer, is also increasing.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Although some cancers develop completely without symptoms, the disease can be particularly devastating if you ignore symptoms because you do not think that these symptoms might represent cancer. Cancer isn’t something you can easily pinpoint on someone. You can’t exactly tell someone has cancer from their physical looks. However, some common symptoms may include:
- Blood in the urine
- Low blood count
- Lumps (in breasts or testicles)
- Swollen lymph nodes or glands
- Unexplained weight loss
- Changes in Urinary Symptoms
At Aegis, our patients are priority. Our trained staff is always professional and can help assist you with your cancer-related needs.
While no scientist has proven that there’s one specific way to prevent cancer, research has shown that early diagnosis is key. Especially for those who are elderly, of African American or Hispanic descent, are smokers, drink alcohol, or are regularly in the sun, getting screened routinely is crucial. Research has shown that newly detected cancers are more curable when found early.
In addition to being screened, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and be physically active. Eating a well-rounded diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can lower your risk of getting certain types of cancers. Let the dietitians at Aegis help with your specific dietary needs and restrictions. Call us at 480-219-4790 for more information.
National Cancer Survivors Day celebrates those who have ever suffered from cancer. It inspires communities around the world to learn more about cancer and how to support those affected by it. Find a community event near you by clicking here (NEED LINK).